Nursery classes begin,parents see off kids as they start ‘new phase of life’

Classes for the new session of nursery began in most schools of the Capital on Monday.

Written by Naveed Iqbal | New Delhi | Published: April 10, 2012 3:22 am

Classes for the new session of nursery began in most schools of the Capital on Monday. Happy parents dropped their kids off to school as they entered a “new phase in their lives” after six months of apprehension surrounding nursery admissions.

Amar Singh,whose daughter Jiya started school at Springdales-Pusa Road,said,“I cannot contain my happiness. My daughter was beaming when she got back home.”

Singh works as a helper in a shop in Gaffar Market. He did not manage complete school education and said it is “unbelievable” that his daughter managed to get admission in such a good school.

“Teachers have assured us of every help,” he said.

Being exempted from paying tuition fee,parents of EWS children are also being given free uniforms,books and stationary.

“Although the government has not paid us for these things,yet we are distributing these items to the parents as the session has started,” said Soma Banerjee,principal of Springdales School.

Many schools arranged an orientation for EWS parents,along with those of the general category,before classes began.

But Singh said he “could not understand” what was being said as they were addressed in English.

Kuldeep,who works as a driver for a private company,was just as surprised when he was called for orientation. “I do not understand these things,my wife is educated so she told me that they were explaining the rules and regulations of the school.”

Kuldeep’s son,Kavyansh,started school at Faith Academy. He said it was Kavyansh’s “luck” that got him into such a “good school”.

Principal of Laxman Public School Usha Ram said,“We started our session in parts by calling the students in small batches since April 2. This was meant to acclimatise them to their new surroundings. From today they started classes together.”

She also said the Directorate of Education usually provides a “small amount” of money for books and uniforms for EWS students,corresponding to the amount that they spend for students in government schools. “We usually provide the uniforms and stationary on our own,” she said.

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